Wednesday, December 31, 2014


My November battle with the flu and pneumonia sent my bandwagon into the ditch. I had to work hard in December to make up for lost miles and get it done. I wanted to get 4,000 miles on the bike and 1,000 miles of running, most of all. Got it! Along the way, had some great moments in the forests and backroads. The latest was the Santa Cruz Track Club's second Fremont Peak Run of '14, which was this past Sunday.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Almost forgot - Mt Umunum Time Trial

This was my only other Low Key Hill climb this season, and Ferrell didn't join me - still recovering from the Morgan Hill Half 6 days earlier. Short - and steep. over 2,000 ft of climbing in just 4.5 miles. Glad I did it! 

Mt Hamilton Time Trial, Rides Again

Been sick with the flu and pneumonia for the last 3 weeks of November... but I was well enough to do a Thanksgiving Day tradition - the final time trial of the "Low Key Hill Climb" series, from San Jose up to the top of Mt. Hamilton and Lick Observatory. Our adventure went well!  Got in 42 miles and 5,000 ft of climbing, and only lost 2 minutes off last year's time. Gimme an inhaler and I'm good to go, I guess.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Morgan Hill's Pain Parade

November 2, and Ferrell and I were "all in" to redux our 2012 adventure at the Morgan Hill Half Marathon. That is the only race in which I have ever simply cried "Uncle!" before finishing, so bad was my left hip pain in '12. Revenge was going to be sweet! Or at least, it was going to be existent...